STATES OF JERSEY
HEALTH AND COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Misuse of Drugs (Jersey) Law 1978
Open General Licence for the Importation and Exportation of Controlled Drugs
An Open General Licence (OGL) for the importation and exportation of controlled drugs was previously issued on 1st August 2007 in pursuance of Articles 4(2)(b) and 26 of the Misuse of Drugs (Jersey) Law 1978.
This licence provides that it is not unlawful for a person who is entering or leaving Jersey to import/export any controlled drug specified in the Schedule to the Licence when that controlled drug is lawfully in their possession, under their direct personal supervision and intended for administration to himself for medical or dental purposes in accordance with a prescription issued by a registered practitioner. The maximum quantity permitted to be imported or exported under the provisions of the OGL is 4 weeks supply of medicines.
The Misuse of Drugs Advisory Council (MDAC) is established in accordance with Article 2 of the Misuse of Drugs (Jersey) Law 1978 and has a duty to advise the Minister on measures, which in its opinion, should be taken to prevent the misuse of drugs and/or to deal with the social problems connected with drug abuse.
The MDAC at a recent meeting considered the current OGL in light of changes made some years ago to the UK equivalent whereby up to 3 months’ supply of medicines can be imported and exported in an individual’s possession without the requirement to obtain an individual licence.
The MDAC concluded that it would be reasonable to amend the current OGL to bring it in line with the UK equivalent given that most of the travel to and from the Island is to the UK. However, the MDAC felt that the current arrangement whereby the importation of buprenorphine containing tablets are specifically excluded from the OGL should be maintained. The MDAC also concluded that the limit on the quantity of methadone liquid that can be imported under the OGL should be restricted to 4 weeks.
The MDAC also concluded that it would be reasonable to include enforcement officers under the provisions of the OGL when conveying controlled drugs to or from a laboratory for forensic examination or analysis
In summary the MDAC recommended the following amendments to the current OGL
- Increase the quantity of controlled drugs which can be imported or exported to 3 months’ supply
- Maintain the current exception for buprenorphine containing tablets
- Limit the quantity of methadone liquid covered by the OGL to 4 weeks supply
- Include provision for enforcement officers when conveying controlled drugs to or from a laboratory for forensic examination or analysis.
The Minister is requested to consider and approve the recommendations of the MDAC that the existing Open General Licence is amended.
A new Open General Licence, including the above recommendations, is included in the Annex to this report, and the Minister is requested to approve this licence to come into effect on 1st August 2020
MISUSE OF DRUGS (JERSEY) LAW 1978
OPEN GENERAL LICENCE FOR THE IMPORTATION AND EXPORTATION OF CONTROLLED DRUGS
In pursuance of Articles 4(2)(b), and 26 of the Misuse of Drugs (Jersey) Law 1978 the Minister for Health and Social Services hereby licences, with effect from 1st August 2020, and subject to the terms and conditions specified below, the importation and exportation of;
- Any controlled drug by a person who is entering or leaving Jersey, where
- the drug is intended for administration for medical, dental or veterinary purposes in accordance with a prescription issued by a registered practitioner
- administration is to themselves, or to a member of their household who is unable to administer the drug themselves, and who is travelling with that person at the time of importation or exportation.
- Any controlled drug by a Doctor of Medicine or registered nurse who is entering or leaving Jersey with a patient for whose treatment during the Journey to or from Jersey the doctor or nurse considers the drug may be necessary;
- Any controlled drug by an enforcement officer when personally importing or exporting that drug for the purposes of conveying it to or from a laboratory for forensic examination or analysis.
The terms and conditions attached to Paragraph 1 above are –
- The person is carrying no more than 3 months’ supply of controlled drugs at the prescribed dose except for methadone liquid where the quantity should be no more than 1 months’ supply at the prescribed dose.
- The person must carry with them a letter from the prescribing practitioner confirming the person’s name, address, date of birth, dates of travel, the country to be visited and the drugs to be carried including dosages and total amounts.
- The controlled drug must be contained in a medicinal product within the meaning provided by the Medicines (Jersey) Law 1995
This licence does not apply –
- unless the controlled drug is under the direct personal supervision of the person importing or exporting it
- to the exportation or importation of any controlled drug by a person who is not lawfully in possession of the drug.
- to the importation of buprenorphine containing tablets
It is hereby directed that, notwithstanding any provision in the Regulations under the Misuse of Drugs (Jersey) Law 1978 with respect to record keeping, no record is required to be kept of any quantity of controlled drug imported or exported under this licence.
The open general licence issued on 1st August 2007, is hereby revoked.
This licence shall remain in force until revoked by the Minister for Health and Social Services.